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Life: Re-Entry

Flashback to Charlie answering the door and getting shot.  My notes:  “He doesn’t like the person at the door.”  That’s what I got from his expression there, but that’s not much to go on.

Reese leaning over Charlie.  "We're nowhere."  I knew what she meant right away, but I'm always happy to let them bring in the zen funny.


I notice that, at some point in my relationship with certain characters, I switch from mostly using his last name to mostly using his first name.  Bartlet to Jed, Starbuck to Kara.  It sorta depends on the character.  I’m still on “Reese”; Ted was always Ted, and Tidwell will never be “Kevin”. I can’t remember when I started calling him Charlie, but I notice that I do that about half the time now. 


Reese waits for Crews in the hallway.  He comes out quickly and she tosses him his cell phone, I guess that’s what it is. DAMN, I have missed that walk!  Look at him walk.  “Are you fit for duty?”  I am fit for duty.”   Yay!  It’s on.


Tidwell’s hair is less greasy, but now it looks weird in a whole nother way. Some kind of way that reminds me of high school.  He asks to talk to Charlie alone.  “Don’t you usually kiss Reese when you call her in like this?”  Ha.


MUUUUUUCK!  It’s Muck!  Look at that, it’s Muck and Winters!  Sorry, I get this excited every time I see any two of them together.  Bull and Winters.  Buck and Lipton.  Bull and Nixon.  All the BoB stunt casting makes me happy.  Even the crossovers, like Desperate Housewives.  “Dude, that’s Buck and Dana and Mrs. Landingham!”


Richard Speight is looking quite nice with, you know, clothes and clean hair and stuff.  (I’ve only ever seen him in BoB so it’s a shock.)


He works in Expended Resource Control and Distribution. That’s actually very funny!  I like that.


I am just in love with these two this week.  Crews and Reese, I mean.  As opposed to the other weeks, right? 8-)

Crews:  “After I got shot.  You thought about me, didn’t you?  Come on, you did; you thought about it.  What it would be like if I, you know, floated away?  How empty your life would be.  Reese with no Crews...” I love him.


Then it’s my favorite part, where we mount the camera on the FLOOR and have Charlie WALK TOWARD IT, the way he walks, in those pants of his.  The walk is good, the pants fit very well, the fabric is doing what comes naturally.  This happens a lot on Life, shots like this.  All of which leads me to believe that at least one of the following is true:

a)      The director is a woman.

b)      The director is a gay man.

c)      The director is a man so straight that he’s oblivious to the way he’s shooting Damian Lewis.

d)      The wardrobe mistress is a woman or a gay man and in cahoots with the director.

e)      It’s my birthday.

f)        I’m a little pervy.


You may vote if you like.


Charlie and Reese are staking out Muck’s house.  They see suspicious activity. 

Reese:  “How’s your injury?”

Crews:  “100%.  Why?”

Reese, with a very hot look on her face:  “Wanna kick in a door?”


Something sort of clicked into place in my head during that scene.  I’ve been looking at it all along, but I guess I could never quite describe it.  I’ve said how much I LOVE their partnership. The way they’re so in sync, when they walk, when they move in on someone, when they interrogate someone.  And we’ve talked about how they’re kinda hot together, but we’re not sure we want them together together.  I’m just so happy with the partnership; I’m not sure I want anything else from them.  But it’s hot.  It’s a hot partnership.  And I think it’s not just because these two are very sexy individually.  It’s that they get off on police work.  Specifically, they get off on working together. 


I mean, look at that look on her face just then!  They’re having fun.  At the top of the episode, when she springs him from the hospital.  “Are you fit for duty?”  “I am fit for duty.”  When they interrogate someone, they do it as one person, and they’re having so much fun.  And it makes me think of scenes like the one in “Everything…All the Time.” (I remembered an episode name!) where they’re at some outdoor café sitting at a table next to several suspects. 


Charlie:  “What do you want?”

Reese:  “I want that big one in lockup.”

Charlie:  “Then that’s what you shall have.”

Reese:  “On what charge?”

Charlie:  “Assaulting a police officer.” 

Charlie gets up and walks toward the suspect.


It’s a rhythm and a synergy and an emotion that they both give off.  So I’m saying that being detectives together is like their version of sex.  And I’m ok with that most days.


Ok, sorry.  Tangent closed. 


TED!  Still in prison. “Charlie Crews says hang tough, Mr. Earley.  It won’t be much longer.”  That still makes me happy.


Interrogating Muck is another great example of my point, above.  Crews and Reese are so connected when they question someone.  Look how happy Charlie is. J 


Look how sad Muck is. L  And Charlie winds down the pressure the sadder Muck gets.  “I’m afraid of heights.”  Aw. That was a really good scene.  


Charlie’s making a new bullet out of his old one.  Wow, I really like where this is going.  His comment to the doctor at the beginning was, “Somebody gave it to me.”  Now he’s re-forging it and it’s good as new.  Usable, even.  As the Zen tape plays.  Nice.


“When I wish to forgive another, what do I mean?  I mean I wish to forgive myself.  When I wish to harm another, what do I mean?  I mean I wish to harm myself.  Close your eyes and think of the world as seen from space.  From that distance it is calm, silent, at peace.  One.”


I don’t really understand why Reese is so mad at Tidwell.  It seems to me like she thinks she’s asking him not to make things personal, but actually she’s asking for special treatment!  Yet another thing about their relationship that I don’t get.  Are they even together anymore?   When she backed away from him, last time, was that it? 


The airfield.  Skydiving guy.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if Winters and Muck could do a jump together?  Oh yeah, Muck’s afraid of heights.  Hey, I just got the irony of that!  I was so moved by his scene I forgot he was Muck.  ACTing!


Skydiving Guy is the guy who played Ed’s best friend on Ed.  So he’s not here to play nobody, is all I’m saying.  In fact, look at that, he’s the suspect.


Charlie bursts in on…Not!Special Agent Bodner!  Ouch.  Bullet returned.  He finds out that Roman is threatening NSA Bodner’s family.  And Charlie’s last line makes me all kinds of happy. “Call me when your leg heals.  And don’t throw that bullet away!”  YES!!!!  Another Charlie and Roman showdown!  Is there such a thing as a Nemesis ‘Ship?  Because they’re mine.  I love them together.


Charlie tells Tidwell that Tucker didn’t do it because Tucker saw the face of God.  Tidwell knows somebody who saw the Virgin Mary in grilled cheese. “Tucker didn’t mention grilled cheese.”


Tidwell:  “Is this about him nearly dying and you nearly dying?”

Charlie:  “Nope.  I don’t think it is.” 

Great delivery on that line. 


Tidwell calls Breem, who hangs up on him.  And Charlie picks up talking exactly where Tidwell leaves off.  Here are Crews and Reese again, walking into Breem’s office, delivering the bad news in rapid-fire syncopation.  Busted.  I think somebody needs a cigarette and it might be me.


Reese asks Crews about who shot him.  Crews asks Reese whether she wants to know about her father.  At last, she does.  I love this scene.  It's very sweet.  She’s nervous; she blinks and swallows.  He tells her it wasn’t her dad.  Look at his face.  He’s so happy to ease her mind that way.


Which makes me sad, though, given the spoilery thing I read today.  Does anyone want mild spoilers?  Anyone who wasn’t on the keytus thread today?  The wish list is on my mind, and I think it’s on gatz’ mind too. J 

ETA:  Listen to this!  http://wmgk.com/Audio/tabid/209/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1594/Damian-Lewis-Interview.aspx .  Anyway, I hope someone listens, cause not only is it loads of fun and BoB-heavy, but between finding the entry, getting the link, editing, LJ FAILING and then doing it all over again, it's taken me about 20 minutes to get this in here. 


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Feb. 5th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I was so excited to see Richard Speight. Please let there be a whole troop of BoB guys parading through this show. Yes, of course, we really want Ron Livingston, but after him I'd be most excited to see Ross McCall.

And Speight was really good. He broke my heart a tiny bit with the afraid of heights thing. And I loved how dorky he was.

I wasn't crazy about the arty direction in the bit where Charlie had the gun and the Buddhist flag and it montaged (verb? no? oh well.) into the scene with Bodner. It felt too staged, too forced, although I agree that it's a great angle from which to shoot Damian Lewis.

And yes, I think Charlie is lying to Reese about her dad and there's no way that's going to turn out good.
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, RL and DL together again would be magnificent. I can't believe that the sheer force of wishing from all BoB fans hasn't made it so yet. And I second your second, in Ross McCall. That would be so much fun! And if he could use his real accent, all the better.

I totally agree about the flag shot. They do get artsy a lot and I actually really like it. But in this case it was that his actions didn't make any sense. If he's doing something that he would normally do, and they shoot it so that it just looks way cooler, fine. But why did he step aside, twist the flag around his hand and hold it like that? Either it was just a bad choice or I missed something.

Oh, and see I didn't think Charlie was lying to Reese! I think that Charlie has concluded that Jack is a pawn in all this. He started his investigating with Jack, who was certainly complicit, but then worked back to Professor Hathaway (I forget his character's name) who was one of the guys in that old funeral photo. He found out that whomever killed the slain police officer was also threatening Jack Reese, with the now-famous sentence construction of doom: "There was six; there is five; there could just as easily be four." NSA Bodner told him to knock of the investigatin' and he has learned that Roman is the one pulling Bodner's strings.

So I think that Charlie sees Jack and Bodner as pawns, not evil masterminds. He has softened toward both Reese and Bodner, and I think recent scenes with Jack Reese were meant to make us wonder whether he was a bad guy or not. They show all the signs of villain-reversal. Rachel likes him, Charlie overreacts, Jack acts gentle and reasonable.

So are we meant to think that Roman was behind everything from the start? Or that Roman has another reason to keep Charlie from finding the truth?

Ow, my brain. I can't believe I reconstructed all that, given my limitations. :-)
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Agreed on the Jack Reese thing. I didn't get the sense Charlie was lying either. Though I'm not necessarily sure Dani believes him because she does or because she has to think her father isn't a monster.
Feb. 5th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
The thing is, even if Jack Reese isn't the mastermind behind the plot that landed Charlie in jail, he did have a part in it and his hands aren't clean. What Charlie said gave Reese the impression that her father carried no blame at all, and I don't think that's true.

Charlie really should know his partner well enough to know that she won't appreciate being protected through any kind of deception, no matter how well-meaning.
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, you might be right that Reese thinks Charlie is saying Jack is completely innocent. I think his words were "He's not responsible..." for sending Charlie to jail. So he didn't lie, IMO, but certainly Reese might feel (or hope) that Charlie is saying more than that. She might look back on it and think that Charlie told her Jack wasn't involved at all.

I can't quite remember how much she already knows about what her father did. She knows about Kyle Hollis and she knows her father's involved. But does she know anything beyond that? I'm just wondering whether she has reason to suspect her father, no matter what Charlie does or doesn't say.

So, again, if you want to know absolutely nothing about upcoming events, let me know. Otherwise, I'll tell you what edgy brought over. It's only midly spoilery.
Feb. 6th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Mild spoilers are good. Bring 'em on.
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
It was a link gatz posted to this article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/20090203/en_tv_eo/81960
on the thread the other day (the one I pointed out to you and misreall because we were talking about Life so much). So you might have already read it.

Basically, Reese is scaling back for awhile, due to Sarah Shahi's RL pregnancy, so Charlie will temporarily get a new partner(?). And there will be some distancing or mistrust between Reese and Charlie, which makes me sad just thinking about it. But like edgy and I discussed, they all but promise to bring the partners back together in a strong way.

You know, they seem to be promoting and positioning Life better this year. Critics and TWoP are showering it with love. Is it just me, or does Life suddenly feel like it has legs? *goes outside to turn around three times and spit*

Edited at 2009-02-06 03:27 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
casting spolier

::goes back to work for a bit::
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Drat. Not that I actually thought there was a chance in hell of getting someone from my wish list into that partner slot, but still. I'm unmoved by this choice.

I'm still hopeful about Season 3, but it sort of infuriated me when Rand Ravich mentioned that "...the Jay Leno thing carves out an enormous chunk of prime time over here at my network..."

I have such a love/hate relationship with NBC/Universal. NBC has magnificent shows like Life, The Office, and 30 Rock, and then puts them at risk by packing their lineup with crap like Deal or No Deal! And now Leno? Who the hell needs MORE inane talk shows in prime time? I would have thought it would be CBS, but apparently it's NBC.

And don't even get me started on SciFi network. They break my heart on a yearly basis.

I feel a bit homicidal right now.
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Feb. 6th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
*goes outside to turn around three times and spit*
Toby is concerned.

But yes, Life does seem to be getting more love lately. I think the success of CBS's "Mentalist" has actually helped Life. Plus, most of the new shows this season were so bad, shows like Life stood out.
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Hey, guys, check out the link I just edited in, above. Great radio interview with DL. :-D
Feb. 6th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Gabrielle Union?! Seriously? I have seen her be ok in a few things, but she is just too...sparkly. She looks like she was made by a group that supplies pretty, perky girls to Hollywood for when they don't want to pay a real actress.

Actually, she was excellent in Bring It On...but my point stands.

Ok-finally saw the episode (I was not avoiding you MM, just busy).

More later.
Feb. 6th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I know you would never avoid either me or this guy.
Feb. 6th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not really thrilled with the Gabrielle Union casting news. I'm wondering if they were going for someone with a higher profile that could bring more viewers in. Because my guess is 18yr boys would watch her read the phone book.

It will really be interesting to see how it plays out especially since it is supposed to be short lived.
Feb. 6th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I thought this was one of the better episodes of the season, which had been getting better as it goes along. And yet, as will happen with the good episodes, the mistakes stand out, all of which have been mentioned : that weird, arty shot of Charlie with the flag; Reece suddenly wanting things with Tidwell both ways, Tidwell's hair...

I think they have run into that point in the show where they are having some amount of trouble serving all of the levels of story and character that they have created, so they either use somewhat wonky shorthand in behavior or filming, or they have moments that seem very fraught with emotion, but have little real resonance.

By the way, I was honestly kind of hoping that it was Jennifer's husband that shot him...
Feb. 6th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, certainly, and the color contrast will be nice *g*. I just feel like he needs someone with equal weight opposite him. SS, Logue and Arkin are all perfect. And of course Garret Dillahunt --- fabulous. Maybe unfairly, I see her as a lightweight. Unfairly because I really don't know her work.

Every good partnership is complementary, so I'm trying to figure out how she'll be complementary to Charlie. If she's all understated and no-nonsense, that's just Reese all over again.
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
misreall, I agree that it's one of the better episodes. They're really on a roll, IMO. They've done a great job balancing the funny/light moments with the Perp OTW with the consipiracy thing. And I LOVE, actually, that we're rehabilitating NSA Bodner and that *crosses fingers* he and Charlie will team up against Roman. I'm actually interested in the conspiracy plot now, and I wasn't before.

Yeah, the flag thing I didn't like, as agreed with deen.

or they have moments that seem very fraught with emotion, but have little real resonance.

So which ones are you thinking of? Curious.
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
The flag. Reece's weird, "Don't ever call me into that room again," (Tidwell was clearly looking for privacy and pushed some up-to-this point unknown button), and the business with the "I-saw-the-face-of-God" guy, which is catnip for Charlie, but I thought was kind of tedious.

We are supposed to feel in these moments, when I mostly felt indifference. I already care about all of these people.
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Feb. 6th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the temporary partner thing works out really well. NBC has a history of it with the L&O franchises, which is, I am guessing, why they went this direction, but that is true police procedural, where the characters exist to move the plot, where as in Life the plots move the characters.
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